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Anderson and Berba??
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Who’s the avatar pic of Eddy?
I think rooney
Match kicks off in under an hour, no matchday thread.
Smalling Ferdinand Evans Evra
Valencia Jones Carrick Nani
SB: Lindegaard, Freyers, Gibson, Giggs, Park, Young, Macheda
No mate, waiting for Eddie
I voted for Rio but Evra will most likely end up with the armband. What the poll did highlight for me is a lack of leadership and clear captaincy material currently in the team, a result of a mixture of inconsistency, inexperience or unreliability peppered throughout the squad. It’s also hard for clear leaders and solid fixtures in the team to emerge when Fergie persists with a squad rotation that doesn’t allow the team to settle. Makes me think back to past team where we had an overflow of leaders and captaincy material on the pitch at the same time.
Rio is the clear choice in theory but due to his recent track record of injurys cannot be relied on, which is why Vida is captain in the first place. Rooney is a leader in the team no doubt but in my eyes does not deserve the captaincy after all the transfer disruption and mess that came with it, I don’t trust the guy and suspect Fergie probably lost some trust in him as well. Phil Jones for the future most probably, but I hope he finds a solid role in the team which will help his cause, whether at CB or RB(my preference). Jones is too talented to end up as the next O Shea so find him a role in the team and let him develop. Evra is not ideal captain material in my eyes, although he is a character and a communicator both in the dressing room and off the pitch (to my dismay on most occasions).
The importance of Vidic and the impact of his loss is really emphasised again, he is a true leader, a warrior on the pitch who leads by example, marshalling the defence and does well to communicate with team mates, which is more important when we often have young players in defensive positions. We will miss Vida for sure not just because of his ability but because of his leadership.
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None of the experienced big name players have been up to standard as far as im concerned, so i say a resounding HELL NO to rio, rooney or mr big mouth. May as well give it to jones then, least he gives his all, regardless of his age, lack of experience.
Rio has extenuating circumstances in his favour ie: injuries.
When fully fit he’s still one of the best CBs in the world
Looks solid when hes next to vida, not so much when not so. Still has something to offer, but hes not been anywhere near his usual high standards for quite a while now imo. Injuries havent helped, but at 33 now, hes reaching the stage now where his career has started to wind down, which is more to do with it imo.
Evra all the way.
Ferdinand-in & out of team.
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